What to do if you don’t have a permanent address
If you do not currently live at a fixed or permanent address, you should enrol using the ‘No fixed address enrolment form’ for the state or territory that you want to vote in. You can download the form here.
Or collect the form from an AEC office.
You will be asked to enrol for one of the following:
- for the address where you were last eligible to enrol, or
- for the address where your next of kin is enrolled, or
- where you were born, or
- where you are most closely connected (for those born outside Australia).
To find out more about other enrolment options in special circumstances, visit:
Keeping your address secret (‘silent elector’)
Once you are enrolled to vote, your address will be published on a public list (electoral roll).
If you believe that having your address published could put you or your family in danger, you can apply to keep your address secret by becoming a ‘silent elector’.
To apply to become a ‘silent elector’, you will need to fill out an application form and return it to the AEC. You will still need to fill out an enrolment form as well as this application form.
You can download a silent elector form for your state or territory here.
You will need to provide the following information about you:
- Date of birth
- Postal and physical home address
- Contact email and phone number
You will also need to fill out a ‘statutory declaration’. This is where you must explain why you believe that publishing your residential address could put you or your family in danger.
A statutory declaration is an official declaration or testimony, and you will need to find a witness to sign the form. This witness must work in one of the jobs listed on the form.
Your application to be a silent elector will be considered by the AEC, and you will receive a letter advising you if it is approved or not.
Updating your address
You must tell the AEC every time you move house so they can update your address on the electoral roll. You can do this by following the steps to enrol.
You can find more information about how to enrol on the AEC website, including downloading the AEC Easy English Guide for more information. The AEC also has information about enrolling to vote in other languages here.